Jack Sullivan 

Updated Fall, 2014

Biology 483 - Mammalogy


Some Greek & Latin Word Roots.

Lecture 1: Introduction to Mammals. Notes Slides.

Reeder et al. (2007).

Lecture 2: Origin of Mammals. Notes Slides.

Luo et al. (2002). A landmark paper on Cynodont phylogeny.

Rowe (1988). The argument for a crown-group definition of Mammalia.

Ruta et al. (2013). A very recent paper that uses my preferred definition of Mammalia.

O'Leary et al. (2013). This paper argues that placental mammals did not diversify until after the dinosaur extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. (I think they're wrong, and the reasons are presented here.)

Lecture 3: Early Mammals and Monotremes. Notes Slides.

Kielan-Jaworoska and Hurum (2006).

Hu et al. (2005).

Luo (2007).

Rich et al. (1997).

Luo et al. (2011).

Lecture 4A: Metatherian Diversity. Notes Slides.

Lecture 4B: Eutherian Diversity. Notes Study Guide.

Lecture 5: Disparity in Diversity between Metatherians and Eutherians. Notes Slides.

Cooper & Steppan (2010). A quantitative test of the constraints on Metatherian front limbs.

Lavialle et.al (2013). Evidence that the formation of the sycytio-trophoblast is mediated by genes acquired from endogenous retrovirus.

Lecture 6: Dentition. Notes Slides.

Lecture 7: Mammalian Species. Notes Slides.

Hoisington-Lopez et al. (2012). A paper that discusses species delimitation in cases of allopatry.

Templeton (1989). A discussion of problems with the biological species concept.

Lecture 8 - Evolution of Ear Ossicles. Notes Slides.

Meng et al. (2011). Documents migration of malleus and incus off the jaw in a triconodont.

Takechi & Kuratani (2010). A good review of the evolution of mammalian ear ossicles and homologies across vertebrates.

Lecture 9 - Locomotion I: Flight. Notes Slides.

Lecture 10 - Locomotion II: Functional Morphology. Notes Slides.

Lecture 11 - Locomotion III: Types and Adaptations. Notes Slides.

Domning (2001). This describes a transitional sirenian.

Rybczynski et al., (2009). This describes a transitional pinniped carnivoran.

Lecture 12 - Reproduction I: General Patterns & Placentation. Notes Slides.

Lecture 13 - Reproduction II: Morphology, Cycles, and Life History: Notes Slides.

Fisher et al. (2013).

Lecture 14 - Social Behavior I: Degrees of Sociality. Notes Slides.

Lecture 15 - Social Behavior II: Evolution. Notes Slides.

Lecture 16 - Mammalian Population Genetics. Notes Slides.

Lecture 17 - Thermoregulation. Notes Slides.

Lecture 18 - Water Balance. Notes Slides.

Lab 1: Mammalian Anatomy.

Lab 2: Monotremes, Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Insectivora.

Lab 3: Systematics.

Lab 4: Chiroptera, Primates, Scandentia.

Lab 5: Rodents I: Hystricomorpha, Sciuromorpha.

Lab 6: Rodents II: Castorimorpha, Myomorpha.

Lab 7: Population Biology.

Lab 8: Lagomorpha & Afrotheria.

Lab 9: Carnivora & Pholidota.

Leb 10: Perissodactyla and Cetartiodactyla.

Study Guide for Lab Midterm.

Old Exam 1.

Old Exam 2.

Old Exam 3.